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Gilda's Family Restaurant

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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Salinas, California
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126 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Met family from out of town. It was the only restaurant that would take a reservation on the wharf. I'm just glad I didn't order the fish and chips. The hamburger I had was pretty good--but dry--I was starving--but the appetizers were not good and my husband did not like his fish and chips. Service was ok. I wouldn't go... More 

Thank Kathy D
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We where diving down the pier and decided to have lunch where ever we parked in front of and well Gilda's is where we ended up at so we walked in got seated for @5 min we noticed 3 employees 2 standing one sitting at the counter putting on makeup while one of the other standing was talking about her... More 

Thank 2000fatboy
Fort Myers, Florida
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67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Read good reviews and decided to take a detour off US1 for lunch. Not the best idea bc traffic and parking on the pier was terrible. The restaurant needs to be cleaned up and updated. It felt dingy and old. Had the clam chowder and it was heavy and basically potato soup with a little bit of clams. Wouldnt go... More 

Thank amy H
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179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gilda's is not as nice as Stagnaro's, but it has cheaper pricing and old Diner Decor. Prices are reasonable and portions large. Fresh fish selections are good. We especially liked the Grilled Sole, Chowder, and Sandwiches. Another plus is that they serve Breakfast--the Omelettes and Hash Browns are very good. Service is relaxed and Diner style.

Thank albebuc
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Look for their specials and go when they're having them, like the prime rib or spaghetti nights. Good food and good prices. I don't eat fish and just ordered a club sandwich, it was delicious! Very good customer service, nice water views.

Thank Candi M
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125 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Apparently a local fixture on Santa Cruz’s “Fisherman’s Wharf” pier. Basic food well-prepared and affordable. Although the place is generally known for its seafood, we had sandwiches, large and tasty with crispy, light fries. Be sure to check out the sea lions around the pier on your walk out.

Thank j2dor
Oakley, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This place use to be nice but needs a big make over and menu changes. Food is not really good and its time for change.

Thank L B
Papaikou, Hawaii
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We recently took an older friend to lunch at Gilda's for her Birthday. The food was good but the service was the worst I've ever experienced. Our waitress was an old hag who had the personality and people skills of a dishrag. Our meals were literally tossed on the table. The whole experience was appalling. We should have stiffed the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Gilda's has something for everyone. There is an outstanding view of the bay. A snug little bar if you're so inclined. But the main deal is seafood or the daily special, ie prime rib night, turkey, spaghetti, a different choice on week nights. Bread is always served before dinner and the wait staff us friendly. Try the seafood basket which... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Love the old-time diner feel of this place. My $16 fish & chips "Gilda's Fisherman's Wharf Entree" was so much food that the leftovers provided me lunch the following two days.

1 Thank sandyldavis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-2010

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?